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Reinventing old books

What happens to a book when it outlives its original purpose?

If it falls into the right hands, it can be transformed into an art object or recycled in ways that may or may not resemble its original form.

This week, as part of National Recycling Week,  I have been running altered book workshops sponsored by Shoalhaven City Council.

Altering or re-inventing a book may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, blocking out areas with collage and paint, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture.



These workshops were designed to re-purpose damaged and discarded books by folding, cutting, stitching, re-assembling, stamping and generally playing with what’s available. The books we used were collected from opportunity shops and the re-use outlets at local rubbish tips.

We had a lot of fun!

Here are some photos from the workshop held at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery last Thursday.


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One comment on “Reinventing old books

  1. greengaze
    November 19, 2018

    I love the many things you do with pre-loved books – loved beautifully once again. x

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